I was recently asked how to capture windows screens for making tutorials. There are inexpensive screen capture tools available. If you just want a screen shot to put in a Word or Excel document then pressing < alt + ptrnsc > and then opening windows paint and selecting edit and then paste from the menu will do the job.
Just as inexpensive, and it allows you to capture a video is Windows Media Encoder. This is a free download from Microsoft if you have not already got it.You can get the latest version for Xp at:
You can get the latest version for Vista at:
Guidelines on getting the best results are at:
and a getting started guide is it:
If you find the Microsoft way to do this a little complex, how about having a look at the following free application: